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Rafael Paganini

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Rafael Paganini is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Michael Langhi and Fábio Gurgel of the Alliance Academy, who worked extensively also with Eduardo Leitão and Max Trombini. One of the top medium-heavyweights of his generation, Paganini conquered a Brazilian Nationals title and multiple International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championship medals in the colored belt divisions, prior to earning his black belt in 2019. Rafael is also the brother of another skilled BJJ black belt, Mr. Caio Paganini.

Rafael Paganini Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rafael Lopes Paganini

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Rafael Paganini

Lineage 2: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Michael Langhi > Rafael Paganini

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2019*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022)
  • 2nd Place South American Championship (2019*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2018** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2016 / 2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2016 / 2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2014 / 2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016* / 2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017** / 2018* brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: DLR

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Rafael Paganini Biography

Rafael Paganini was born on April 06, 1995 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Growing up Paganini practiced and competed in an array of sports, though none with a particularly dedicated approach. At the age of 14, however, Rafael decided to pick something that could not only challenge his limits in discipline and physicality but could also improve his self-confidence. He chose jiu-jitsu for that effect, starting his grappling life at the Cia Paulista headquarters with Eduardo Leitão and Max Trombini.

As a purple belt, after he joined a local university to learn management, Rafael had an epiphany and realized he wanted to follow a career in BJJ. The pursuit of his dream, in his belief, required that Paganini moved to a bigger team, with a bigger competition focus and a higher level of athletes on the mats, finding this environment at the Alliance – Matrix (SP) with coaches Michael Langhi and Fábio Gurgel.

Under the guidance of two of the most prestigious coaches in our sport / martial art, Rafael conquered his most impressive international in the colored belt divisions, performances which earned him his brown and black belts, the latter earned on June 2019, from coaches Langhi and Gurgel.

Rafael Paganini Grappling Record

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
30
10
#86e620
Arm in guillotine
27
9
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
21
7
#d1212a
Short choke
6
2
#fad11b
RNC
3
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
3
1
#224aba
Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Bread cutter
3
1
#bf1f6c
Outside heel hook
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
33
1
#86e620
Armbar
33
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Paganini Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21085Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPts: 4x2BH Winter Open88KGF2019
21286Leon BritoLeon BritoLPointsVitoria OpenABSSF2019
21333Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLInjuryFloripa WOABSSF2019
22089Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLPointsCuritiba Sp. Open88KGF2019
22299C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2019
22583Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionSouth AmericanABSF2019
22860Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23098Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 12x0European Open88KG4F2020
24314Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLPts: 5x0Copa Podio86KGRR2020
24705Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2020
24808Wallace CostaWallace CostaLPts: 2x2, PenMundial CBJJEABS4F2020
25127Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPts: 4x2Big Deal Pro 285KGSPF2021
25873Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLPts: 4x2S. American NG91KG4F2021
25897Antonio AssefLReferee DecisionS. American NGABS4F2021
26382Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro85KGR22021
27023Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 10x0BJJ Bet88KG4F2021
28014Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KG4F2021
28489Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KGR12021
29958Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials88KGR22022
30261Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGF2022
30922Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPts: 4x2Curitiba Open88KGSF2022
31575Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLArmbarPan American88KG4F2022
32016Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiroABS4F2022
32070Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLTriangleBrasileiro88KGF2022
21083Leon BritoLeon BritoWPts: 4x2BH Winter Open88KGSF2019
21093Andre MunizWShort chokeBH Winter NGO97KGF2019
21267Yuri SantosWGuillotineVitoria Open88KG4F2019
21269Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 0x0, AdvVitoria Open88KGSF2019
21270H. RiedlingerWPts: 10x2Vitoria Open88KGF2019
21281Bernardo DibWPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
21282Bruno BressanWPointsVitoria OpenABS4F2019
21319Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backFloripa WO88KG4F2019
21329Alexandre CarmusiWRNCFloripa WOABSR12019
21330Simoneli EmilianoWChoke from backFloripa WOABS4F2019
21712Kainaa BertoniWBow and arrowSao Paulo Open88KG4F2019
21713Pedro AlcantaraWPointsSao Paulo Open88KGSF2019
21790Leonardo GoncalvesWShort chokeBrasileiro NoGiABSR22019
21793Rafael ReisWArm in guillotineBrasileiro NoGiABS4F2019
21795Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWArm in guillotineBrasileiro NoGiABSF2019
22086Caio ViniciusWArm in guillotineCuritiba Sp. Open88KG4F2019
22088Carlos AndradeWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open88KGSF2019
22291Joao OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ85KGR12019
22296Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 9x4Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2019
22553Alejandro HenriqueWGuillotineSouth American88KGR12019
22559Carlos AlvesWArm in guillotineSouth American88KGSF2019
22576Marcos GirotoWArm in guillotineSouth AmericanABSR12019
22579Cleyton FloresWArm in guillotineSouth AmericanABS4F2019
22856Yuri SilvaWArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22859Kenji SetteWArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds85KG4F2019
23094Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open88KGR12020
24306Jackson RubensWDQCopa Podio86KGRR2020
24310Nathan MendelshonWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio86KGRR2020
24317P. MachadoD---Copa Podio86KGRR2020
24690Alexandre SantosAlexandre SantosWChokeGrand Slam RJ85KGR12020
24701Carlos AndradeWArm in guillotineGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2020
24800Denis DamascenoWChoke from backMundial CBJJEABSR12020
24804Anton SeleznevWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR22020
25282Vinicius ReisWChoke from backRio Open88KG4F2021
25283Pedro PimentaWPts: 4x3Rio Open88KGSF2021
25894Jose NetoWGuillotineS. American NGABSR22021
26377Rafael NegrettyWBread cutterSA Cont. Pro85KGR12021
29950Lionel BareiroWPts: 0x0, PenADCC BR1 Trials88KGR12022
30205Thiago LimaWOutside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30231Francisco AssisWGuillotineADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
30247Vinicius ReisWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG8F2022
30255Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWGuillotineADCC BR2 Trials88KG4F2022
30259Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGSF2022
30917Eduardo MacedoWChoke from backCuritiba Open88KGR12022
30920Pedro HenrikWPts: 6x4Curitiba Open88KG4F2022
30940Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWGuillotineCuritiba OpenABSR12022
30947Leandro SantosWPts: 2x2, AdvCuritiba OpenABSR22022
30952Wesley PossamaiWGuillotineCuritiba OpenABS4F2022
30955Higor LimaHigor LimaWGuillotineCuritiba OpenABSSF2022
32007Leonardo AndradeWPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSR12022
32062Joao CarlosWGuillotineBrasileiro88KGR12022
32066Gabriel NetoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2022
32068Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWGuillotineBrasileiro88KGSF2022

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